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Created by John Eipper on 03/18/20 12:46 PM

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The Tell-Tale "Tell," Explained (from Gary Moore) (John Eipper, USA, 03/18/20 12:46 pm)

Gary Moore writes:

Since Marga Jann and Edward Jajko (March 7 and 8) have explored so informatively the word "tell" as a noun--in archaeology and Middle East geography--and since on March 8 I then reminded, cryptically, that the word "tell" can also form another kind of noun, our bemused moderator cried time out, and asked me to explain what the heck I was talking about.

As it turns out, my March 8 exposition of "that other tell" was undone by too much drollery. One doesn't want to boringly telegraph the punchline of a joke like this by spelling out every little detail--but going too far in the opposite direction, into arch insinuation as a substitute for explanation, can collapse the whole message into gibberish.

What stumped JE on March 8 was that, as introduction of that other kind of "tell," I offered a fantasy headline: "Vegas Hotel Room Blunder Leaves Winner Gloating: 'Unconscious Coronavirus Face-Touching Was The Fatal Tell.'"

As I formulated this mouthful I had to decide whether to include one more word. But I said to myself, "Nah, that would make it too obvious." And obviously, I thus stepped over the too-cryptic threshold, squeezing the economy of phrase into unintelligibility.

The additional word is "poker."

JE comments:  My apologies to Gary Moore for the delay in posting his "tell"-all treatise.  Gary sent this response ten days ago--that is, in an earlier historical epoch.  But we need a break from the coronacrisis, and it's a pleasant distraction to muse about language and puns.

A poker "tell" is the opposite of a poker "face":  you know, the sweaty excitement you give off when you draw to an inside straight.  But Gary, now that all poker games are on-line, has the "tell" gone the way of the face-to-face conference?

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